548 Newport Loop Road

The home at 548 Newport Loop Road in Newport was the scene of a double murder and suicide in Newport Wednesday. (Dylan Ray photo)

Editor's note: This article was last updated Oct. 31 at 6:58 p.m.

NEWPORT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office released Thursday afternoon the names of three people who died in an apparent double-murder suicide Wednesday morning.

They are Mark Tyler Throckmorton, 62, Dante Angelo Grassi, 76, and Beatrice Mary Grassi, 79.

All were residents of a house at 548 Newport Loop Road.

Deputies and fire and rescue personnel initially responded to the residence at 9:02 a.m. and found the two men and one woman dead from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The preliminary investigation indicated the home was shared by two sisters and their husbands. Detectives learned a physical altercation started in the residence between the two men.

Mr. Throckmorton, the man who owned the home with his wife, allegedly shot Dante and Beatrice Grassi with a large-caliber revolver before turning the gun on himself, the Thursday release stated.

All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The assailant’s wife, whose name has not been released, was present during the incident and wasn’t harmed.

Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Asa Buck told the News-Times, “There had been a physical altercation earlier. Later, he (Mr. Throckmorton) got a gun, shot the couple, then committed suicide.”

The wife of Mr. Throckmorton is staying with family, according to officials.

“The deceased were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Jacksonville for autopsy and next (of) kin have been notified,” the Thursday release states. “No further details will be provided at this time.”

The sheriff said there is no ongoing danger to the community.

Reporter Brad Rich contributed to this report.

 

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081, ext. 206; email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @mikeccnt.

(Previous report)

NEWPORT — The Carteret County Sheriff's Office has issued a statement on a double murder-suicide that occurred Wednesday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies initially responded at 9 a.m. Wednesday to a residence at 548 Newport Loop Road. When they arrived, they found two men and one woman dead from gunshot wounds.

The preliminary investigation indicates the home was shared by two sisters and their husbands. Detectives learned a physical altercation started in the residence between the two men. One of the men, who owns the home with his wife, shot the other man and his sister-in-law, before turning the handgun on himself.

All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The wife of the assailant was present during the incident and wasn't harmed.

The names of the deceased are currently being withheld. Detectives will continue to investigate this incident. There is no ongoing danger to the community.

(Previous Report)

NEWPORT — Carteret County Sheriff’s Office officials are investigating three violent deaths on Newport Loop Road.

Sheriff Asa Buck said in an interview with the News-Times that as of 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, his deputies are investigating two shooting deaths and an apparent suicide at 548 Newport Loop Road. The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released any names of those involved at this time.

According to Sheriff Buck, two couples were living at the residence at the address above.

“The man who owned it (the residence) shot the other couple,” the sheriff said. “There had been a physical altercation earlier. Later, he (the property owner) got a gun, shot the couple, then committed suicide.”

Sheriff Buck said deputies don’t suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor in this incident. The wife of the property owner suffered no physical injuries and is staying with family.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.